Birds Of Dutch Gap
January 31st, 2012
The Dutch Gap marshes were, as usual, teeming with wintering waterfowl. None
came close enough for artistic photos, but I wanted to take one just to show
the variety. Here it is.
sharp-eyed birder should be able to pick out six different species in this
picture. (Three more--Northern Pintail, American Wigeon and Wood Duck--were
too far away to get in the frame.)
A pair of Double-Crested
loafing over the James River. I liked getting the chance to
capture their deep blue-green eyes.
This juvenile Bald Eagle circled directly over me several times before flying
away. It almost seemed like he was trying to decide if I was small enough to
carry off and eat! Bald Eagles look more or less like this for four years
before they acquire their famous all-white head and tail.